The Board of Trustees approved the Goodes Hall expansion project at its March 5 meeting.
The project will expand the 75,000-foot building to 113,000 square feet. The addition will extend from the west side of Goodes Hall, moving the existing parking lot to a one-layered underground facility.
Steve Millan, School of Business finance director, said the project has been in the works for nearly five years.
“Now that the Board of Trustees has approved it, we can go ahead and build the expansion. The next step in the process is to take the project to tender so that construction can begin this spring,” he said, adding that taking it to tender involves contractors who will review and bid on building the expansion.
The contractors chosen will work under the direction of Ventin Group Limited, the same architecture firm that designed the first Goodes Hall expansion.
Maintaining the building’s blend of old and new aesthetics is important to the construction, Millan said.
David Saunders, dean of the School of Business, said the expansion began as a way to increase the University’s competitiveness with other larger business schools.
“Our commerce program has more than 4,400 applicants a year for 300 spots,” he said. “There is a great opportunity here for more students and to increase our alumni footprint.” As work begins, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held on May 29 for School of Business alumni. Although a date hasn’t yet been confirmed, another ceremony will also be held for students.
“It’s part of our long-term strategy. This isn’t something that comes out of the blue; it is part of a systematic strategy to continue to enhance the quality of the business school,” Saunders said.
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